New York City will soon be home to the nation’s first institution opened to the public and dedicated to highlighting the role of women in American history. On 8 March, 2017, coinciding with International Women’s Day, the New-York Historical Society will open the Center for Women’s History.
Set to be housed on the museum’s newly renovated fourth floor, the centre will include various artefacts from the permanent collection displaying moments from women’s history, rotating exhibitions, an education space, and an interactive installation. The multimedia digital installation, entitled Women’s Voices, will feature eight large touchscreens showing history’s influential women, including both well-known and unnamed contributors. “Our brand new spaces dedicated to studying and telling the story of women’s history will, for the first time ever within the walls of a museum, ensure women’s rightful and permanent place within the broad American historical narrative,” president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society Dr. Louise Mirrer said in a statement.
🙌🏽 We are exceptionally honored (and excited!) to welcome to our collection 12 objects and 28 linear feet of documents from #sportsicon and #socialjustice pioneer Billie Jean King! She wore this Philadelphia Freedoms dress during the inaugural season in 1974 when she was a member of the team, whose name (which she helped create) inspired the #EltonJohn song of the same name. 🇺🇸 You can see highlights of the Billie Jean King items on display this spring at our new Center for Women’s History! #nyhistory #womenshistory
The first exhibition will be Saving Washington, which explores women’s contributions to early American democracy, including those of Dolley Madison. The wife of the fourth U.S. President, who famously saved the White House portrait of George Washington from British vandalism during the War of 1812, also had a significant role in America’s early years.
The exhibition, on display until 28 July, 2017, will showcase over 150 objects such as artworks, books, documents, clothing, jewellery, and housewares. Other displays will include a recently acquired collection of items from tennis icon Billie Jean King, with tennis dresses, rackets, souvenir ephemera and documents that show her historic fight for women’s rights and equal pay.
The Wisteria lamp was one of Tiffany Studios’ most popular models. When the demand for this shade exceeded the work capacity of the Tiffany Girls, Clara Driscoll was forced to turn over some orders to the Men’s Department at the Corona factory. She made color studies to aid the men in selecting the glass. #onview #tiffany #glass #lamp #electricity #claradriscoll #tiffanygirls #art #museums #nyhs #nyhscollection Tiffany Studios, Clara Driscoll (designer), Wisteria table lamp, ca. 1901. Glass, bronze. Overall (height, diameter): 27 1/2 × 18 1/2 in. (69.9 × 47 cm). Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt, New-York Historical Society, N84.130.1.
Also on the fourth floor, the new Tiffany Gallery will continue the theme of illustrating the contributions of women in history. Showcasing 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps from the museum’s collection, the installation will highlight Clara Driscoll and her Women’s Glasscutting Department, the recently discovered designers and creators of many Tiffany lampshades known as the “Tiffany Girls”, who worked in the shadow of famed artist Louis C. Tiffany.